Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 | Today the SW swell continues to fade as NW wind swell slowly strengthens. SW will remain on the small side for a while as meager wind swell hugs the coastal waters over the next few days. We do have some southern hemi swell due on the 18th, and another system is being tracked for the 23rd. We’ve also issued our latest State of our Surf Report, breaking down the what where why and when of things going on across Earth’s oceans and the subsequent surf conditions to expect in the upcoming weeks.

Bacteria Notice: A quick note for our LA readers, please be aware that there was a sewage spill in LA county on Tuesday that dumped up to 30,000 gallows of raw sewage into Ballona Creek, contaminating beaches from Sandpiper Street at Dockweiler State Beach to Ironsides Street in Venice.

Looking at the swell along the California coast right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 5 feet with 8-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 4 feet with 7-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 8-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 14 seconds from 205 degrees and NW periods running 8 seconds from 320 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running knee to waist high most everywhere.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest high sets at most west facing breaks, waist high around south facing spots.

The tide is a bit of a problem with early a.m. sessions seeing some radically negative lows from a Full Moon yesterday. This spring tide will tend to slow things down during…[more]

Water temperatures have continued to cool a little more in some areas and are averaging 68 degrees in San Diego, 65 in Orange County, 67 in LA, 67 in Ventura County, 68 in Santa Barbara, 60 along the central coast, and 59 degrees in NCal. Note that temps may still…[more]

Winds as of 6 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with some eddy breezes in some locations and westerlies to 13 in NCal. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 12-15 mph in SoCal today, stronger though north of Pt. Conception. As a trough moves onshore today, the…[more]

Wind swell this weekend…[more]

Southerly swell for 18th…[more]

Tracking south swell for the 23rd…[more]

New State of our Surf Report (Aug. 9)…[more]

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